What is the conspiracy theory “QAnon”. Where does it come from? What is it about?
A man named Matthew Phillip Wright, 30, crossed a truck on June 15 near Hoover Dam, in the state of Arizona, USA.
Parapeted behind a “homemade” armored vehicle, the vehicle window showed a piece of paper on which he wrote: “Release the OIG report” (“Publish the OIG report”).
” I was there, he let my truck pass … It’s ta is the banner who was holding ” .
Inside the truck, the authorities found an AR-15 rifle, a gun and ammunition .
The report that the man asked to be published is that the office of the inspector general of the US Department of Justice. had been brought to light one day earlier, on June 14.
Maybe the man in the armored truck had not heard that the report had already been published.
The report talks about how senior federal officials investigated the handling of a private email account by Hillary Clinton, former presidential candidate for the Democratic party.
Getty Images The inspector general of the Department of Justice, Michael Horowitz, concluded that former FBI Director James Comey did poorly in the case of the Hillary Clinton emails, but was not partisan. The request to thoroughly investigate the former secretary of state and the Democratic Party has gained great strength among Trump supporters and people who follow a conspiracy theory known as “QAnon”.
On August 1, at the act of President Donald Trump in Tampa, Florida, Many people wore t-shirts with the letter “Q” and banners that said phrases like “We are Q” and “The great awakening” .
This was the first time that the followers of this theory manifested themselves in public.
What does QAnon mean?
4chan is a very popular forum on the internet where anyone can post comments and pictures anonymously.
There, in October of 2017, an anonymous user named “Q” said to be a member of the US government. with great access to security issues.
Getty Images According to QAnon supporters, President Trump plans to arrest politicians and Hollywood stars for corruption and child abuse. From there comes the name, from the letter “Q” and the first letters of the word “anonymous”.
The person said that Robert Mueller’s investigation into the alleged relationship between the Trump campaign and Russia is actually an investigation of global elites and that the president has a secret plan to arrest politicians and Hollywood stars for corruption and child abuse.
This is not the first time that people talk about it.
On October 30, 2016, a white supremacist’s Twitter account claimed that e-mails had been found on Anthony Weiner’s computer – an ex-husband of Huma Abedin, who was Hillary Clinton’s right-hand man – who was talking about the existence of a group of pedophiles belonging to the Democratic Party.
Getty Images In Washington, dozens of people protested asking for a thorough investigation of the Pizzagate. This rumor led to the December 4, 2016, Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, fired an assault rifle at a pizza restaurant in Washington DC, where, it was said, pedophiles met . The incident was called “Pizzagate”.
Now, followers of QAnon discuss and denounce alleged pedophiles in forums such as 4chan, 8chan, Reddit and social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.
And not only do they point to Democratic politicians, but to singers and Hollywood actors.
Trump and QAnon
President Trump has never spoken directly about QAnon and he has not written the word on his Twitter account either.
However, that does not prevent his followers from seeking validation signals in their words all the time.
For example, in the past meeting in Tampa, Florida, Trump mentioned the number 17 in his speech four times, repeating over and over again that before he was president he had been in Washington “about 17 times”.
Getty Images “It is likely that I had been in Washington in all my life 17 times. It’s true, 17 times. I do not think I would have spent the night, “Trump said in his speech in Tampa. The letter “Q” is number 17 in the alphabet and that coincidence makes Trump followers see it as a validation.
“#SomosQ # 17 # Elias # WWG1WWGA # 17 times. Trump validates #QAnon at the meeting in Tampa, Florida. ”
Although it is not possible to determine if Trump chose that number on purpose, some experts consider that his way of speaking seduces the public that usually follows conspiracy theories.
Joseph Uscinski is a professor of political science at the University of Miami and has written two books about conspiracy theories.
In an interview with BBC Mundo, he said that the most visible example is that President Trump “engages in a rhetoric of conspiracy all the time ” .
“He built the coalition around conspiracies and communicates with his followers with a conspiracy speech.”
Getty Images “President Obama is about to embark on a 17-day vacation in his ‘native’ Hawaii, keeping the Secret Service away from their families at Christmas. Aloha, “Trump wrote on Twitter on December 19, 2013. Uscinski gives as an example the case of Trump’s accusations about alleged secret recordings that former President Barack Obama ordered at his residence in Manhattan.
It is also well known the theory that Trump has promoted on the birthplace of former President Obama, who according to him would not be Hawaii but Kenya.
How amazing, the State Health Director who verified copies of Obama’s “birth certificate” died in plane crash today. All others lived
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2013
“Surprising. The state health director who verified copies of Obama’s ‘birth certificate’ died today in a plane crash. All the others survived. ”
In addition, in his Twitter account, Trump has made mention of the “Deep State”, or “Deep State”, which he denounces and fights.
Charles McCullough, the respected fmr Intel Comm Inspector General, said public was misled on Crooked Hillary Emails. “Emails endangered National Security.” Why are not we deep state authorities looking at this? Rigged & corrupt? @TuckerCarlson @seanhannity
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2017
Charles McCullough, the respected inspector general of C Intelligence, said that the public was deceived with emails from the dishonest Hillary. “Emails endanger national security.” Why are the authorities of the ‘Deep State’ not analyzing this? Manipulated and corrupt?
Is QAnon dangerous?
The Washington Post affirms that QAnon is “a consequence of the Pizzagate conspiracy theory that led an armed man to open fire in a restaurant in D.C. last year”.
While QAnon supporters have not committed violent acts in his name, he is concerned that the author of the Pizzagate and the driver of the armored truck on the bridge near the Hoover Dam sympathize with his ideas.
Getty Images Experts claim that dismantling conspiracy theories involves many difficulties. When asked if it is possible to dismantle a theory of conspiracy, Professor Uscinski says it is very difficult: “We can try to give people the right information, but they do not always listen to it.”
Should social networks close the groups where the followers of these theories argue?